Monkey Business – a short story

I was like a lot of kids right out of high school, no clue what to do and not trying too hard to figure it out. Growing a beard and playing video games had been the plan but about three months after graduation, my parents caught on. “Jeff, your mother and I are okay with […]

Y Not? – A short story

The last few months of the millennium weren’t exactly a lucrative time to be a real estate agent. At least, not for me. Too many of my meager commissions ended up going to bar tabs and cab rides. Dave, my best friend and longtime drinking buddy, had his own unique way of putting things into […]

The Gauntlet

Originally published as I Never Imagined Taking My Son to School the First Time Would Be So Brutal – 10/15/18 My son and I stared down the long linoleum hallway at the horde of kids and parents rushing around in confusion. It was pandemonium: children crying, grownups stressing, and teachers’ assistants literally running around […]

Super Dad?

(Originally published on New Orleans Moms Blog – 7/24/18) “Hey, Super Dad!” A construction worker clapped and hollered in my direction as if The Lion King was wrapping up at the Saenger. For a moment, I was confused. Me? Super Dad? I guess if I saw a man carting around a toddler in a stroller with an infant in a […]

Yelling At Your Kids: Still a viable option?

Recent studies show that yelling at children can have traumatic effects on their development and often leads to aggressive behavior later in life. However, there is overwhelming evidence that yelling can also be an effective tool for silencing an insolent child. So how does a parent keep command and still avoid those pitfalls? Dr. Barbara […]

Where to now?

One thing’s for sure, staying at home with a three year old and a nine month old is by far the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. The Bar Exam doesn’t even come close. With kids, life is a series of routines. Eat, nap, play. Eat, nap, play. On and on. At the same […]